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Coaching 101: Friendly Gesture or Evil Plot?

Crabtree's the "X" receiver, Morgan's the "Z."

We've officially entered the NFL doldrums. Try as hard as they might, the movers and shakers of professional football can't keep their sport relevant all year round – anyone heard what Brett Favre's been up to these days? Now, with the NBA and NHL playoffs reaching their climaxes, the baseball season hitting its stride and the World Cup having kicked off, the NFL is resigned to the back burner.

Faced with this stretch of barren land, where tumbleweeds are practically rolling through Candlestick Park, it was a pleasant surprise to be invited to a media-only event hosted by the 49ers last month (What can I say? I knew a guy). The brain-trust of the organization thought it would be a good gesture to reach out to the local scribes and allow them an inside glimpse of the team from a coaching...

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